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posted. >>> we turn now to another celebrity story, sort of. staying in full character, comedian stephen colbert testified as an expert witness on capitol hill now the star brought his own version of truthness. colbert mocked those who claim that immigrants are taking away jobs from americans and here is his full testimony. >> my name is stephen colbert and i am an american citizen. it is an honor and a privilege to be here today. congressman lofgren asked me to share my vast experience spending one day as a migrant farm worker. i am happy to use my celebrity to draw the tension to this important complicated issue and i certainly hope my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to c-span1. as we've heard this morning, america's farms are presently far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables. now, the obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables. and if you look at the recent obesity statistics, you'll see that many americans have already started. unfortunately, my gastrointurologist has informed me in no uncertain terms that they
to be a standoff right now. and a remarkable moment on capitol hill today. comedian stephen colbert appeared in front of a committee on immigration and border security and, basically, mocked the issue? and the hearing. and the lawmakers sat there and took it. before things even got started, however, one lawmaker did apparently see what was coming and asked ahead of time that kohl bay bare -- colbert make his statement in writing. >> i would like to recommend that now that we've got all this attention, that you excuse yourself and that you let us get on with the three witnesses and all the other members there. >> i'm here at the invitation of the chairwoman, and if she would like me to remove myself from the hearing room, i'm happy to do so. i'm only here at her invitation. >> that is correct. >> well, thank you very much. that's fair enough. >> the gentleman's time has expired. megyn: so john conyers, a democrat, wanted colbert to go, but the chairwoman, sow lofgren, wanted him to stay. and what happened next looked like a big joke, but not everyone was laughing. just ahead, stephen colbert'
gaining. >>> at a house subcommittee hearing on agriculture and farm workers, comedian stephen colbert is there now and it was really interesting and probably awkward for him. he shows up this morning and the chairman of the house committee, representative john conyers asked him to leave and then the woman who invited him there, said can't he stay and give his testimony, which was about the ten hours he spent picking fruit and the interview that he did with zoey, now he's being questioned by members of this committee after making his statement. well, she's asking the question, let's go back to that tape at the beginning of this hearing. >> congresswoman asked me to share my experience spending one day as a migrant farmworker. i am happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important issue. i hope my star power can bump this up to c-span1. as we heard this morning, america's farms are far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables. the obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables. if you look at the recent obesity statistics, many
have your producer inside the courthouse. >>> crowded cameras and reporters flanked stephen colbert heading into congress this morning but one lawmaker did not think that was so appropriate and actually asked the tv personality to leave. >> i'm asking you to leave the committee room completely and submit your statement instead. >> happy to do so. i'm only here at your invitation. >> nbc news correspondent luke russert is on capitol hill. luke, if nothing else, colbert is definitely bringing to our attention this issue that touches on a lot of things of concern to a lot of americans right now, immigration, jobs, and our food. >> right. stephen colbert testified before a subcommittee about immigration. he was talking about the plate of a lot of undocumented farm workers in the country, a lot of the folks that pick the apples and oranges that we use every day of our lives. what he was trying to get to, quote, migrant workers suffer have no right. he was a little comedic but he was also serious. take a listen. >> i've got to ask why isn't the government doing anything? maybe this ag job
democrats on the fence to say, hang on a moment. >> bill, if they've got time to have a hearing with stephen colbert they can take a vote on pending tax relief. i believe all the tax cuts would be extending but they just don't want to hold that vote. bill: on the screen you can see for a family of four making $50,000 a year, if the tax cuts are not extended they will pay $2,900 more in taxes during a time when as you no and you've stated and we talked to stu varney that the economy is still struggling. family of four making a hundred grand a year pay $4,500 more in taxes. how do you think thinks this is going to happen. >> hopefully it will not. if the hreps -- republicans are in the house and senate you won't see any increase in taxes. this adds to uncertainty, we hear our small businesses talking about itment there is a growing i think incompetent in governing in washington. this is damaging i think for the democrats across the board. bill: one more question. john boehner said in his responsible, the most irresponsible thing he has ever known congress to do. is that hyperbole or do you agr
. congressional hearings generally are not where you go to have a good laugh. but when stephen colbert comes to town, he brings the funny. coming up, some comedy and a bit of controversy as well. >> i participated in the ufw's take our job campaign. one of only 16 people in america to take up the challenge. though that number may increase in the near future, as i understand many democrats may be looking for work come november. 1965, a lot of good thin came out that year like medicare. this year, like always, we'll have our guaranteed benefits. and with the new healthcare law, more good things are coming: free check-ups, lower prescription costs, and better ways to protect us and medicare from fraud. see what else is new. i think you're gonna like it. ♪ >> jon: new video now from cicely where a plane has gone off the runway. witnesses say the plane from the airline wind jet swerved as it was landing in bad weather. as you can see the crew deployed the emergency slides on which all of the 143 passengers escaped. the italian emergency crews say almost two dozen people on that plane were hurt
conditions on these farms and eventually americans may consider taking these jobs again. >> stephen colbert taking his act to capitol hill to testify on the house subcommittee hearing on immigrant farm labor. it was part comedy part policy, but not everyone in washington is laughing. we'll bring in john harwood, cbs's chief washington correspondent. i don't know about you, i found parts hysterically funny. >> i was not laughing actually, alex. i'm a fan of stephen colbert and is very funny on his show, but it seems to me that a congressional hearing is not the place for that kind of humor. i understand the reason why members of congress want to try to bring attention to the issue and thought his celebrity could help them do that, especially with young people, for example, who don't pay attention to politics. but i'm not sure it succeeded in doing that. it seemed to me that it ended up mocking congress more than it brought attention to the issue. >> but john, if the point is to bring attention to it and engage the younger people and get younger people fired up about the issue to get somethin
but today, comedian stephen colbert is headed to capitol hill where lawmakers weren't exactly amused by his visit. so what brought him to washington? geraldo rivera joins us next. he is on the hot seat. it is not the only thing we're going to be talking to him about. we asked him questions that viewers like you have sent in. you can go to foxnews.com/happeningnow to post your question. we'll be right back with geraldo next. c cken broth that adds msg, cken broth one stands alone. the secret is swanson 100% natural chicken broth. another heart attack could be lurking, waiting to strike. a heart attack that's caused by a clot, one that could be fatal. but plavix helps save lives. plavix, taken with other heart medicines goes beyond what other heart medicines do alone, to provide greater protection against heart attack or stroke and even death, by helping to keep blood platelets from sticking together and forming dangerous clots. ask your doctor if plavix is right for you. protection that helps save lives. [ female announcer ] certain genetic factors and some medicines such as prilosec reduce
, conditions facing migrant farm workers, but testifying was a comedian, stephen colbert. and he was in character. colbert spent a day in the fields working alongside immigrant workers taping this bit for his comedy central show which deals with political satire. he tried to be funny. he made a joke about game in in iowa and said the best way to prevent abuse of migrant workers is for americans to stop eating fruits and vegetables they pick. the chairwoman of the subcommittee said she wanted to call attention to the problem saying celebrities add pizazz. they also add controversy. >> picking beans, packing corn for hours on end side by side in the unforgiving sun, i have to say -- and i do mean this sincerely -- please don't make me do this again. it is really, really hard. for one thing, when you're picking beans you have to spend all day bending over. it turns out -- and i did not know this -- most soil is at ground level. if we can put a man on the moon, why can't we make the earth waist high? come on, where is the funding? >> republicans weren't laughing. the committee critic
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